Mayoral control of the schools makes Daley's hand-picked school board merely an extension of City Hall. This in turn enables the downtown, business-friendly TIF plan to loot the public schools for hundreds of millions of dollars without a peep from the board. This, combined with some of the lowest levels of state funding in the nation results in massive teacher lay-off and swelling class size. The newly-elected leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union wants to shine a light on TIF and find alternatives to making teachers shoulder the burden of the current economic crisis.
It's all explained more in depth on the CAN-TV discussion with Lorraine Forte, editor in chief of Catalyst Chicago, and Ramsin Canon, politics editor for Gapers Block.